Metaphors In The Chrysanthemums By John Steinbeck

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What is a metaphor? A metaphor is a figure of speech where a comparison is made between two things based on similarity. Metaphors are widely used in literature today and are very important. They create powerful and lasting images and ideas. Metaphors make the images described by the author more creative and interesting. The best writers use metaphors in their writing. It is easy to get metaphors and similes confused with one another. A simile is a comparison between two things that are unalike using “like” or “as”. The difference between them is that a metaphor implies a direct comparison and a simile uses like or as to compare things. John Steinbeck’s story “The Chrysanthemums” provides powerful images using metaphors and reveals a different…show more content…
The man says “ Kind of a long-stemmed flower? Looks like a quick puff of colored smoke?” and she responds “That’s it. What a nice way to describe them.”(443). This metaphorical compliment now attracts Elisa because she is feeling appreciated. Elisa is happy that someone actually finds interest in her chrysanthemums since she finds so much joy in her gardening. The moral of the story is that woman have very little existence and are not as appreciated as the male figures. When Elisa feels appreciated she feels an attraction towards this mysterious man. This attraction is acknowledged when “She crouches low like a fawning dog” (444). She displays her affection towards him and her sexual feelings. Elisa looks to the tinker for stimulating conversation and sex because those are two elements that seem to be lacking in her life. Her flirtatiousness and conversation with the tinker shows how much she is thinking and feeling and how rarely she gets to express…show more content…
She now realizes that her life is not going to change. The tinker just like her husband Henry has failed to appreciate her. She must learn that she has to be content with her unfulfilling life style. Her devastation when she comes to this realization leaves her “crying weakly-like an old woman”(448). Elisa is clearly really unhappy with her life, but will not confront this unhappiness. She hides her emotions from her husband. Just like the rain that never comes to confront the fog. Elisa will never be able to change her life and she will always submit to her husband and be caged in a marriage with a man who shows very little interest in her as a
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